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In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world—before the wrong person finds the answer first.

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. And Sophie has a secret—she’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and almost instantly she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.
But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.

Paperback, 512 pages
Published on August 6, 2013 by Aladdin
ISBN-10: 1442445947
ISBN-13: 9781442445949
221 Book Reviews
  • doglover346
    doglover3467 days11 star
    this book wasn't really my thing
    • chloe1103
      chloe11038 days55 stars
      I absolutely LOVE this book series!!! I had finished the series in 3 months and read it again 4 times. Now I am just waiting for book 9 to come out. Anybody who reads this, rush to the bookstore or library to check this series out!!!!!! The start might be a little confusing and boring, but adventure awaits!
      • lightningevie
        lightningevie13 days22 stars
        This book was very disapointing. It was a literal copy of Harry Potter. Litterally THE SAME THING. The book is boring. At first seeing sophie adapt to new changes in her new elf school was coo, but after a while her school life gets boring. It really stinks. Don't let the cool art covers fool you. And apparently leaping into different mind spells and moving things with your mind and shooting lightning isn't magic. It's "just how it is." And the elfs won't even tell sophie ANYTHING. I mean nothing. It's good to be mysterious but not knowing anything just gets annoying and boring. Don't waste your time. Read Land of Stories instead.
        • eagle_fan11
          eagle_fan1118 days55 starsFeatured
          Have you ever imagined that elves could be real? Or that dinosaurs were still alive? Even that places like Atlantis were real? Well all of those things are real in The Keeper Of The Lost Cities. Here are some things that happen in the book. Sophie was shocked when someone told her she was an elf. He was also an elf too. So that explained to Sophie that she can read minds after she hit her head when she was 5. When someone picks her up and gets her to the elvin world the council there tells her that she is an elf. She is now living with 2 people Grady and Edaline. They used to have a daughter named Jolie and died in a fire. She almost went to Exile for breaking the law. She is sad because when she went to the elvin world to live there they had to brainwash her family. She soon realizes that she was the project of the moon lark, meaning that the Black swan made her In the elvin world you have powers and if you had more than one it was really rare and Sophie has a lot more than one power. People kidnapped her while she was in a cave. They tried to brainwash her but didn’t work. They took off her tracker and put it in the ocean so it looked like she died. She sent out a signal to Fitz but Fitz thought it was a trap because he went to her funeral. They told him that if you don’t come then I will die. A theme I learned from this book was, ‘don’t be afraid to do something’. Sophie was scared at times but she always overcame it. For example when she was at the top 2 at the splotching match. She was going against Fitz who has been winning for years but she still ended up winning. Sophie never loses courage in what she does even if it means risking her life. Some memorable characters are Sophie and Dex. Sophie is good at everything; she beat Fitz in a splotching match and Fitz has been winning for years. Sophie was told she was an elf and had multiple powers. She goes to a school named Foxfire. Her group of friends always had her back when Stina always teased her. In that group of friends there is Biana, Dex, Fritz, Keefe, Marella, and of course Sophie. Dex is Sophie’s best friend. He is smart and is not failing alchemy. Most people fail alchemy. There are some memorable fictional places that Messenger uses in Keeper of the Lost Cities. There are similar buildings in the elvin world that we have here, such as gates and big houses, trees that take in pollution, gardens and cliffs and even caves. Despite the great parts that I enjoyed from Keeper of the Lost Cities, there were some parts that were confusing. I just didn’t understand how a brainpush worked. After you get energy after years does your brain just push the energy out like a powerful blast? I will still give it five stars because you could feel how the character feels. When Sophie left her family you could feel the pain she was feeling like leaving your family after living with them for so long was heartbreaking. I also liked how the book could be very unpredictable, and you find out new things page after page. Overall, I would recommend this book to 3rd grade and older, as there is some violence, but it seems that it would be very enjoyable for people who like exciting books that give you a rollercoaster of a ride.
          • newsgirl11
            newsgirl1118 days55 stars
            This book is the best!!!!!!! Very closely related to Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. Definitely would give it a 100 star rating if I could.
            • dove2012
              dove201220 days55 stars
              Ohmigod this book and series is completely jaw-dropping, and even more so this book! I absolutely love it, and the mysteries get even deeper! If you like mythical creatures (but not the boring ones like they teach you about in school), this book is totally for you! Read it!
              • xufbgugffvyf
                xufbgugffvyf4 months55 stars
                What can I say but... OMG this book is amazing 👏I love it so much. I've read the series at least once or twice OK maybe 😅 10 times. Its a extremely exciting series 👏 when I read it the first time I didn't care for it but as I read it more and more I loved it I don't like magic in books all the time but I've literally changed.
                • rainie12
                  rainie125 months55 stars
                  this book series is amazing! i dont like magic in books but i love this! Team Foster-Keefe!
                  • dove2012
                    dove201226 days55 stars
                    Go sophitz!
                    • newsgirl11
                      newsgirl1118 days55 stars
                      I like the Foster-Keefe better. (I think there is more of a chance)
                      • newsgirl11
                        newsgirl1118 days55 stars
                        But Sophitz is good to
                  • waterdroplet
                    waterdroplet5 months55 stars
                    This book is amazing. That is pretty much all I have to say. These words mean a lot because I am a very picky reader. Sophie is a human, a normal human. Or so she thought. Her whole world came crumbling down like a glowing castle because of a pair of teal eyes. This book has everything from mystery to fantasy and even a little small crush. Even better this book is book one in a series!
                    • goodbookgirl
                      goodbookgirl5 months55 starsFeatured
                      This is an AMAZING book. It is highly recommended by me. Anyway, it is about a twelve-year-old girl named Sophie Foster. She can read minds, and in the human world, she can hear everyone's thoughts--as if they were real human voices. It's horrible. It all started when she was only five years old, when she fell and hit her head. She wishes she weren't so different from everyone else--until she meets Fitz, a boy who can also read minds. He tells her that she is an elf and that they have been looking for her for twelve years, and takes her to the Lost Cities--the world where elves live. His father, Alden, tells Sophie that she has to leave her human family and leave the Forbidden Cities (the human world) forever. She moves in with a couple named Grady and Edaline who lost their daughter, Jolie, years ago. She makes new friends and passes her exams at school, but she's different in many ways: 1) Her eyes aren't blue like all the other elves--they're brown, 2) She's from the Forbidden Cities, 3) No one--not even the most highly skilled Telepaths can read her mind, and many other ways I can't even say. Will Sophie ever belong? Maybe she'll have to be kidnapped, put her best friend Dex in danger, get lost in Paris, and even stand on the verge of death to find her place in this strange yet exciting world. Read. This. Book. NOW!